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81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Mar 1, 2016
    100
    Online and locally, alone or with strangers, with one friend or with a group of friends, there is no shooter as accommodating as Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. This is my game. It does not belong to someone else’s conception of fair play, of narrow restrictive grinding, of recognizing skill or merit or enforcing something so ridiculous as fairness among people who want different things from their games. Here is a great shooter you can play the way you want, enjoying all its benefits in full alongside everyone else. Now that Electronic Arts has arrived here, it’s time for everyone else to catch up.
  2. Feb 28, 2016
    95
    Fast becoming my favorite online shooter of choice, Garden Warfare 2 is lovable, preposterous, and completely rampageous. Never thought I’d say this about an EA game, but it’s everything a modern premium experience should be.
  3. Feb 18, 2016
    95
    The ridiculousness of plants facing off against zombies but the serious controls and competitiveness of any triple AAA shooter,
  4. Feb 19, 2016
    91
    Yeah, it’s a full-priced, online multiplayer game (which can be a tough sell), but it’s one that’s jam-packed with content from a developer that’s been typically generous with delivering new updates and support.
  5. Feb 18, 2016
    90
    The love and care that was poured into this title is obvious, and translates into a terrifically entertaining experience that I encourage everybody to try out.
  6. Mar 11, 2016
    88
    Although it might not be dragging people away from Call of Duty or the giants of the genre, PvZ: Garden Warfare 2 has a great atmosphere and some really enjoyable moments. If you've ever wanted to do battle as a piece of corn, sunflower or superhero zombie, this might be the only game to fill that niche.
  7. Mar 18, 2016
    85
    Ten times the colours, ten times the content... if you don't mind a bit of repetitiveness every now and then, you'll love this sequel.
  8. 85
    Distinctive characters, detailed maps and a lively sense of chaos all add up to one of the finest family-friendly multiplayer experiences on PS4. There’s also solo play this time around, and while that suffers a bit from balancing issues, it’s nice to be able to squeeze in a little experience-building and item-collecting in between rounds of online action. Overall, though, it’s the childlike qualities at the center of GW2 that are the most important — a seemingly limitless energy, a fearlessly goofy aesthetic and a commitment to making playing fun above all else.
  9. Feb 23, 2016
    84
    The super solid gameplay and expansive variety is really what makes it so great, because such merits greatly increase longevity.
  10. Feb 21, 2016
    84
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 brings a lot of variety and fun to the gaming table. Multiplayer options and single player experiences aren’t in short supply with this sequel. It isn’t a perfect game, but there is enough stupid fun packed into it to make it worth your time.
  11. Mar 4, 2016
    83
    Even though EA passed (again) on the chance to make this franchise a serious contender for Team Fortress 2 by making the player too dependent on luck when it comes to getting new content out of the in-game sticker packs this is crazy good action with a lot of humor.
  12. Feb 24, 2016
    82
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is a great online shooter with an unexpected wealth of single-player stuff, too.
  13. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 8, 2016
    80
    Its childish veneer won't win over Call of Duty vets, but the open-minded will find a shooter that's sweet in all the right ways. [May 2016, p.94]
  14. Play UK
    Apr 22, 2016
    80
    While not without foibles, Garden Warfare 2 stands out in an overcrowded genre and delivers a polished, deep and substantial dose of shooter action. [Issue#268, p.72]
  15. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 31, 2016
    80
    Overflowing with new content, offers much more for soloists, and is just as hilarious as ever. Garden Warfare 2 is not to be underestimated. [May 2016, p77]
  16. Mar 2, 2016
    80
    Garden Warfare 2 is pretty much more of the same – and it’s totally fine when it’s this good. The concept is easy to learn for everyone, and at the same time hard to master for those who want to go all in To sum up: if you liked the first one you will most certainly love this too.
  17. Feb 29, 2016
    80
    The new botanic videogame from Popcap is a big "more of the same", seeded with enough innovations to make it blossom. A lot of multiplayer modes, a brand new single player mode, a lot of new classes and well-designed maps will keep you busy and entertained for a long time.
  18. Feb 28, 2016
    80
    With its less-than-full-price and short list of features, the first Garden Warfare felt like EA wasn't willing to risk much on the odd idea of turning a cutesy mobile free-to-play tower defense game into a console online shooter. It feels like a little piece of cosmic justice that while the Medal of Honor reboot failed to make any inroads with that audience, Garden Warfare somehow became a runaway success that warranted a full-priced, fully featured sequel.
  19. Feb 26, 2016
    80
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 improves upon its evergreen predecessor by expanding the scope of the title with single player content and new classes and modes. Popcap has responded to the criticisms pointed at the original release well, and while this isn't a revolution by any stretch, the format has been precisely pruned for shear joy.
  20. Feb 23, 2016
    80
    Popcap has improved upon the template they laid out with Garden Warfare, fleshing out the sequel with an array of things with which you can wile away your time. It’s excellent family friendly fun but genuinely great to play for all ages.
  21. Feb 23, 2016
    80
    It’s not as exciting and refreshing as two years ago, but that’s not too big a complaint when it’s more co-op defence and liberally borrowed and adapted multiplayer, all slathered in the quirky Plants vs. Zombies universe.
  22. 80
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has the potential to be a sleeper hit. The multiplayer is a major focal point and the classes have a lot of variety and complexity ready for every level of player. The repetitiveness aside, there’s enough here for everyone to have a good time, especially when friends are involved.
  23. Feb 18, 2016
    80
    The Garden Warfare series gets bigger and stronger with this follow-up, which is a solid and very fun TPS multiplayer experience.
  24. Feb 18, 2016
    80
    EA keeps mocking herself and many others with Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 and it is the best the franchise can do. It won't be this year's most played shooter, but it will probably be the one you won't feel so frustrated with and the one that you will laugh most with while playing.
  25. Feb 18, 2016
    80
    In many ways it feels like an expansion, but one that comes packed to the brim with new content.
  26. Apr 6, 2016
    75
    Apart from a somewhat weak single-player experience, GW2 is simply a blast online.
  27. Edge Magazine
    May 1, 2016
    70
    GW2 offers an alternative, lighthearted take on a genre that can often feel po-faced. [May 2016, p.118]
  28. Mar 14, 2016
    70
    Garden Warfare 2 offers a huge expansion to the garden from the first game. The open world is a good alternative to menus. The new characters make the multiplayer battle a lot more fun. It is too bad it takes a while to unlock things and that not all gameplay is well-balanced.
  29. Feb 18, 2016
    70
    When it comes to character diversity, Garden Warfare 2 outclasses other shooters in every way.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 261 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 261
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    10
    An absolute blast to play. Love the ability to play splitscreen on the couch with friends, and being able to play any mode with or against anyAn absolute blast to play. Love the ability to play splitscreen on the couch with friends, and being able to play any mode with or against any set up of AI was a huge plus for me. Characters are wacky, maps are gorgeous whats not to love! Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2016
    8
    The first episode was a very fun multiplayer experience, the challenge for this sequel was to add more content, let's see how it did.The first episode was a very fun multiplayer experience, the challenge for this sequel was to add more content, let's see how it did.

    Technically the game didn't evolve much and what was okay in 2014 is under the average of 2016 game, the loading times are a bit long but at least there is no disconnection problems or any major issue for that matter.

    Gameplay wise the multiplayer is still one of the best in this generation with 6 new classes that won't break the balance of the battlefield and are as fun as the originals. But one of the big selling point of this sequel was also the addition of a solo campaign, and that point was a let down, yes you can play in solo but it's the same maps than the multiplayer and there is absolutely no effort in the level design of these "solo ops", there's no story neither, it could (and should) have been must better, there's still room for improvement in that domain.

    In conclusion Garden Warfare is still a very fun game that I would advise it to anyone looking for a nice multiplayer experience but don't get fooled by the marketing and don't buy the game for the solo mode.
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  3. Feb 23, 2016
    10
    It's been a long time since I've sat down with a game and genuinely had FUN. For the past several years I've been completing games for theIt's been a long time since I've sat down with a game and genuinely had FUN. For the past several years I've been completing games for the story, or some other reason. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is, in my opinion, perhaps the best PS4 game to date.
    The card packs are by far the most addicting thing in the game. Collecting coins to open them and see what character you get to play as is thrilling.
    Looking forward to the weekend to sink deeper into this gem.
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